09/19/13

Kansas City Pest Control Pros On Cockroaches In The Home

Kansas City Pest Control Pros On Cockroaches In The Home

9/19/2013

Do you remember the movie Joe’s Apartment? Ok, so we guess it wasn’t very memorable. A movie from the mid-90s about a guy befriending the thousands of cockroaches (that sing and dance) inside his home isn’t especially Oscar®-worthy. But it brings up a good point that we’d like to mention: cockroaches like people. They like us a lot. They like the food that we eat and they like the homes that we live in; we are their meal ticket and if we allow them to live alongside us inside our homes, their numbers can grow exponentially. Cockroaches in Kansas can pose a potential problem for both home and business owners alike. The Kansas City pest control professionals at Schendel would like to offer a few cockroach identification tips as well as prevention tips to keep your home or business protected from these nasty pests.

First, a couple of cockroach facts for you:

  1. Cockroaches can spread disease. They pick up bacteria and pathogens on their bodies while they hang around in sewers, in garbage cans and on decaying organic debris (think animal carcasses and feces). They can then spread these pathogens to our food and our food preparation surfaces. Cockroaches are known for spreading 33 different kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella, as well as parasitic worms and other detrimental human pathogens. Symptoms of these diseases include stomach pain, stomach cramping and tenderness, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, among others.

  2. The allergens that are present in cockroach feces, saliva as well as their body parts can trigger asthma symptoms and allergic reactions in people, especially children. They can cause wheezing, sleepless nights and even hospitalizations for asthma in homes that have even small populations of cockroaches.

The cockroaches that live inside our homes include German cockroaches and American cockroaches. German cockroaches range between ¼ of an inch and 5/8 of an inch long and they are brown in color with two dark longitudinal stripes on their backs. They are prolific breeders and can create a large infestation quickly inside your home. American cockroaches are larger, ranging up to 1.6 inches in length. They are reddish brown with a yellowish margin on the body behind the head. They live both indoors and outdoors, but move inside when the weather outdoors is cold. They are also prolific breeders and can increase their populations quickly if left unchecked.

To prevent cockroaches, follow these tips:

  • Clean everything! Kitchen counter tops, stove tops, areas behind and under appliances, bathrooms sinks and toilets, floors, pet bedding- everything!

  • Take trash out regularly, storing it in a tightly lidded trash can a distance away from your home.

  • Never leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight.

  • Fix leaky pipes and faucets.

  • Never leave food out on counters; always store it in the refrigerator or in tightly closed containers.

  • Use a bathroom fan to vent humidity in the bathroom.

  • Seal up gaps and crevices, along with areas around where utility pipes and cables come into the home.

Sometimes, despite our very best efforts, cockroaches can still be a problem inside the home. If you have a current infestation and you’ve followed all these prevention tips, the next step is to contact professional pest control services for cockroach control. The Topeka pest control pros at Schendel can offer an inspection to help identify problem areas on your property as well as the environments that may be allowing cockroaches and other pests to thrive. We can then design a customized control program to eliminate cockroach populations and prevent them from returning.

At Schendel, we’ve been providing effective cockroach control services in our Kansas and entire service area since 1947 and we’d like to be your Kansas exterminator; contact us today for your first inspection or more information on any of the services we provide.